The territory was organized as an English royal colony in 1661. It was settled for the first time in 1620, in 1641 it was under the government of Massachusetts, until the king appointed a president. After being a separate colony, it became New England Territory in 1686. It then returned to Massachusetts until privileges relinquished in 1691. In 1741, Benning Wentworth was appointed Governor of New Hampshire and claimed land in the west. , starting disputes.